March 2003

"Empowering his characters with detail of Springsteen and Waits, Phelps' songwriting has leapt to a level inhabited by few (Dylan and Cohen spring to mind), while his voice sounds like Kentucky bourbon being poured over a waterfall. Frills are non-existent, instead Phelps relies on atmosphere and incredible warmth, lending these tales - all contenders for the plot of innumerable Cohen Brothers films - an air of late-autumn calm that simultaneously grips and soothes the listener."